Who Was Ludwig Van Beethovan?
Beethovan originally Ludwig Van Beethovan composed some of the most beautiful and soul-stirring pieces of music. He was a musician and composer of great genius. He was born on December 16, 1770 in Boom, Germany. He was baptized on 17th December. His grandfather had come from Antwerp.
He gave his son Ludwig the early training in music. He soon recognized his son’s great skills for music and encouraged him in developing skills in music. But Beethovan did not have much school education. He learned piano, violin and French horn and soon became a court organist. Beethovan’s first teacher of composition Christian Gottlob Neefe also recognized the boy Beethovan’s made his first recognized the boy Beethovan’s talents for music.
First Concert of Beethovan, Helihgenstadt Testament, Toughs Days of Life
At the age of 17 Beethovan made his first concert tour to Vienna and there came in contact with his master predecessor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart also recognized the young man’s great promise and talents. He stayed and studied briefly with Mozart because he had to return to Bonn on account of his mothers’ serious illness. When he came again to Vienna five years, Mozart was no more alive.
He had left Bonn for good Vienna and there he studied music with Joseph Haydan and then with Antonio Salieri. Beethovan had now made Vienna his permanent home. By now he had become an established musician in his own way. His first public performance in Vienna was on March 29, 1795.
In the city there were many aristocrats who patronized arts and music. They were eager to help young Beethovan. He accepted their patronage and help but on his own terms and conditions. During the 1700 he began to suffer from the symptoms of deafness.
The condition worsened gradually and he once contemplated suicide. As is evident from his written documents known as the “Helihgenstadt Testament”, he was full of despair and frustration on account of his fast increasing disability to hear.
Suffered Deafness, and Life Efforts and became a Great Musician
In 1819 Beethovan suffers deafness had turned complete and total. But then he had become famous as a virtuoso pianist. The above testament was found after his death and was meant for his brothers. At first he tried his best to conceal his affliction from his friends but ultimately he told them about it and asked them, to write down their questions so that he could reply orally.
Throughout his life Beethovan remained a lonely man and never married. He had many friends and yet he was ever aloof and lonely. His public performances were frequent but he spent more and more of his time alone working of his compositions.
He would often go on long walks in the countryside with his sketch book in which he wrote down his musical ideas and ideas and conceptions. During this withdrawn and isolated life he produced most creative pieces of music which included symphonies, sonatas, chamber music and songs.
It was really a very sad irony that he himself could hear his own music, melodies, harmonies and instrumentation which transported his audience to another world of bliss and happiness.
Despite hi stark deafness, the last decade of his life was most creative and prolific. This final period starts from 1814 and extends to the end of his life. It is characterized by stutlies, wider ranges of harmony and counterpoint.
The compositions of this period contain some his most vivid and vital ideas. It is then being created longer and more complicated forms of music. It is difficult to believe that these superb and sublime pieces of music were composed and created by a man who could scarcely hear.
This appeal of his music is universal, emotional a unique. Both critics and listeners unanimously agreed that Beethovan was the finest composer that every had. He took instrumental music to new and dizzy heights. His imagination was most wonderful and creative which helped him to conceive the most natural music corresponding to deep and varied human emotions. He used piano with a great and unique mastery.
Accomplishments and Last Day of Life
Beethovan’s works include 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 5 piano concert, 17 string quartets, 10 violin sonatas, one opera (Fidelio), the Mass in C Major, Missa Solemins and other chamber music.
He enlivened and enriched the lives millions of music lovers with his celestial music but his own life was gloomy, isolated, sad and almost tragic.
Beethovan died at age of 56 on March 26, 1827 in Vienna. His funeral was attended by hundreds of music lovers and mourners. His prolific work and outstanding genius have proved him the most sublime composer of all time.